Facebook could be on the verge of a huge touchdown with the NFL, while it cleans up a fumble with one of its notifications. But the biggest news is a judge calling a penalty on one of Mark Zuckerberg’s executives. Here’s a look at what you might’ve missed in social media news this week!
Syndicated Streaming on Social Media
Facebook is setting its sights on an absolute game-changer with the NFL; a potential first move to bring syndicated streaming to the platform. During an exclusive interview with Variety, Facebook’s VP of Partnerships confirmed an interest in signing deals with everyone from celebrities to entire sports leagues. The social network is reportedly looking to nab the NFL for a “Thursday Night Football” deal that would broadcast video before, during, and after the games. Officials say you can expect to see live broadcasts over the next few months but the starting lineup remains a mystery.
Lights Out for Live Video Notifications
If you’ve been annoyed with those Facebook live video notifications, you are in for some relief. You may remember, the Live video streaming feature launched last summer for celebrities, and then expanded to the general population in January. While the tool has gained popularity, it has also gained criticism for obnoxious alerts. A Facebook spokesperson told TechRadar, “We are starting to roll out a new setting that lets people turn off all live notifications, through their Notifications settings, that will be available to all people soon.” Unfortunately, you may still see invites to play Candy Crush.
Jailed Facebook Exec Breaks Silence
Apple isn’t the only tech giant battling the government over encryption. A Sao Paolo judge tossed a Brazilian Facebook executive behind bars for failing to cooperate with a court order. Investigators wanted access to a digital exchange between drug dealers on WhatsApp, the popular messaging app owned by Facebook. The official said that he wasn’t trying to defy demands, but says the company cannot break the encryption to monitor conversations. WhatsApp has been encrypting messages on its servers since November 2014, according to experts. Last Tuesday’s arrest was the latest chapter of an ongoing issue between the social media site and authorities who want access to Facebook’s data for investigations. Facebook called the arrest an “extreme and disproportionate measure.”
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